Unfortunately forms of research are not very innovative. At best, modern research is somewhat like putting another light bulb on the Christmas tree that has fifty light bulbs on it already. By contrast, if a researcher accidentally learns that our conscious minds can influence water (HOH), leaving a particular memory in it which, in turn, can influence the cell through its membrane, this is considered to be quack science even though the experiment was repeated a number of times. I could go on and on about the speed of innovation in science which progresses at the speed of a slug.
But this speed is not unique to the sciences alone. It takes place in all fields worthy of study such as history, including Buddhism. One can surmise from this that our world appears to be trapped in a sphere of stupidity, self-deception and a general refusal to change. As a result, mankind is slouching to his own demise. He doesn’t see what is happening even though, so to speak, he cooks the books to show that all is doing quite well which he knows is a lie. Everyone is happy; the GDP looks like it might go up this year, etc. And this is all done in the name of protecting a pet theory that has failed—something akin to the “Dead Parrot Sketch” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus (imagine John Cleese bringing in a dead theory such as free-trade for example).
I first followed discussion forums on the Internet before the Netscape browser. And I can report to the readers here that Buddhism and Zen are some of the slower slugs in the grand slug race of progress. Scholars and even some teachers have no idea what Buddhism or Zen is really about since most don’t accept the theory that Gautama, when he was just a Bodhisattva, achieved a mystical awakening by which he saw, firsthand, ultimate reality. Anyone who posits such a theory, I discovered many years ago, is met with the accusation that this kind of rubbish is from the Upanishads and sounds too Vedanta despite the incontestable fact that early Buddhism neither mentions the Upanishads nor Vedanta. If Buddhism seems similar to the Upanishads or Vedanta it’s because the Buddha and some of the Hindu (rishi) seers were birds of a feather—they both saw the same spiritual substance. As the reader can probably guess I have little or no faith in progress. I need a cup of coffee!